Faith Community Anglican Church Strathpine

Address

St Faith's Church
1 Sutherland Drive
, Strathpine, 4500.


Phone

07 3881 2090


Email

secretary at faithcommunity com au

 

 

Sermon Notes - The Temptations of Christ

Theme: The Temptations of Christ

(It is Tempting to give into Temptation

but Christ calls us to overcome Temptation)!

 

Key Preaching Verses

 

Luke 4.1-2a and 8:  Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil... Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”’

 

Focus Questions

  • How do we Christians overcome temptation and sin?  What are your strategies in dealing with the temptations of life, that make you less than the person God is calling you to be?  (Note: Possibly the biggest problem is when Christians attempt to face temptation in their own strength!)
  • In dealing with temptation and sin are we honest to god and honest with ourselves?  Or do we make excuses for ourselves?  (Hint: It has been said that the biggest lie we can tell is the lie we tell ourselves!)
  • Are you and I prepared this lent to become a spiritually journeying Christian and model Jesus’ wilderness experience, by allowing the Spirit Guild to rule and model our lives.
  • Why do I test God?  Am I not confident that God is always present, especially in times of great difficulty when I feel lost in the wilderness?
  • How often am I seduced by temptations for power over others, by getting a kick out of being better, richer, smarter than someone else? (Note: Most of our sins are habitual in that we repeat them over and over again.  For example, sarcasm is a sure sign of an inferiority complex.  So don’t deal with your sarcasm but ask God to heal your feelings of inferiority!)

Take Home Challenge:

  • St Paul in Galatians 5.19-21, makes a list of the fruits of temptation and sin, “sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred and discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissension, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like.”
  • St Paul in Galatians 5.22-23, makes a list of the Fruits of the Spirit, “love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.”
  • Which one of these two lists does your own life reflect?
  • Do you have a profound need of repentance?

<>·What is your personal strategy to overcome temptation?